Donald Trump released this photo after a contentious meeting in the White House with the Speaker of the House. He may have thought the picture would help show that Nancy Pelosi was “unhinged.” Did it? We’ll let you decide. On the 1000th day of his presidency, it may go down as a defining moment.
Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown! pic.twitter.com/RDeUI7sfe7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
Soon after Trump released the photo, Pelosi made it her cover photo on Twitter. To her and many others, it wasn’t a photo of someone unhinged. But rather a picture of someone doing something that people rarely do with Trump, standing up to him both physically and metaphorically. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell believes the photo will be remembered in the history books. Here is part of what he said:
“I never saw anyone in that room do what Nancy Pelosi did today when she literally stood up to the president of the United States and because Donald Trump has the weakest mind in the history of the American presidency, he released the photograph of that moment captured perfectly by a White House photographer. We would not have that photograph if Donald Trump had not made the profoundly stupid mistake of tweeting it. And that photograph, thanks to Donald Trump, will now become the single-most-important and indelible photographic image of the Trump presidency. It tells the story of the Trump presidency better than any other photograph. Nancy Pelosi immediately placed that photograph on her Twitter page and she will never replace it with a better photograph. It is the perfect portrait of the child president, Trump’s face is full of the confusion and fear of a 4-year-old boy being rebuked by an adult, in the room full of adults who know he shouldn’t be there.
50 years from now, schoolchildren studying American history will come upon this photograph and they will instantly know who was in charge in that room. The adult standing and pointing at the pained face across the table. Historians will recognize that when Nancy Pelosi stood up to that president today, she wasn’t just standing up for herself and for congress. She was standing up for the millions of Americans and millions of people around the world.”
Watch his full statement on this above.